Extremists of the Crimean cell of “Hizb ut-Tahrir” was accused of russophobian sentiment

Sergei Tsekov

Members of the terrorist organization “Hizb ut-Tahrir”, illegally operating on the territory of Crimea, are a threat in the first place the Russian-speaking inhabitants of the Peninsula. This opinion in an interview with “Tape.ru” expressed member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Sergei Tsekov Thursday, January 26.

Tsekov reminded that on the territory of the Russian Federation “Hizb ut-Tahrir” is recognized as a terrorist, while in Ukraine it operates freely. “Since the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, the members of the group continue to operate. Not reached his hands. Now special operations are carried out in the Republic that is perceived quite positively,” he added.

According to him, the Russian community of the Peninsula advocated the ban of the group, even when RK was under the jurisdiction of Kiev (before joining Russia in the referendum in 2014 — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), as the activity of radical organizations “was directed against the Russian and Russian-cultural citizens residing on the Peninsula.” “We understand that it can only sow discord and conflict, saw its members working in disadvantaged, remote areas of the Peninsula, with a predominant number of the Muslim population”, — said the Senator.

Earlier on Thursday it became known that the FSB spent Bakhchisarai complex operational-investigative activities to identify the activists of “Hizb ut-Tahrir”. “We have repeatedly warned of the Crimean people that outside forces are to use every opportunity to penetrate into the Crimea”, — said the head of the state Committee of Crimea for inter-ethnic relations Zaur Smirnov.

The organization “Hizb ut-Tahrir” (full name “Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami”) was founded in 1953 as an Islamic political party. The primary goal, it puts the creation of an “Islamic Caliphate” living under Sharia law. In Russia as terrorist, banned since 2003. Aware of the existence of cell organization in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Belarus.